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Great, My Acer Laptop Battery Exploded

Did you think that the laptop battery explosion epidemic was over? No, it’s not just in the Boeing Dreamliner. Bill’s Acer laptop battery exploded not long ago: of course, he bought it in 2011 and the computer is now out of warranty. Acer is happy to take the computer back, but only to look at it for a “safety evaluation” and maybe to not send it back to Bill. He doesn’t think that this is fair. He sent the relevant exploded parts back to Acer, but doesn’t want to send back his hard drive or the rest of the computer. He wants replacement parts so he can get it working again. [More]

New York City: Where Manholes Explode And Destroy Radio Shack (With Video!)

New York City: Where Manholes Explode And Destroy Radio Shack (With Video!)

Manholes have been exploding more than usual in NYC lately. For those of you who have never lived in NYC, the street randomly explodes at pretty frequent intervals. Sometimes it’s a steam pipe, sometimes it’s electrical. Right now firefighters are putting out a Radio Shack that was a little too close to an exploding manhole/transformer situation. We have video of that, plus three other recent explosions. [More]

Air Compressor Company Re-Recalls 700,000 Products After Continuing To Receive Injury Complaints

Air Compressor Company Re-Recalls 700,000 Products After Continuing To Receive Injury Complaints

In 2006, DeVilbiss recalled nearly 700,000 pressure washers and air compressors to replace the pneumatic tires, which were sometimes bursting on models that used plastic rims. Apparently not enough consumers responded then, because the complaints keep rolling in, so they’ve announced a do-over.

iPods Still Exploding; Apple Just Doesn't Want You To Know

iPods Still Exploding; Apple Just Doesn't Want You To Know

We thought that maybe exploding iPods were a 2008 phenomenon, but evidently not. An 11-year-old girl’s iPod exploded in England, and Apple reportedly tried to get the entire family to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to get a refund.

Citgo Employees Smoke Cigarettes At Gas Station, Are Apparently Fireproof

Citgo Employees Smoke Cigarettes At Gas Station, Are Apparently Fireproof

Maybe these guys know something about the risks of combining fire and gasoline that we don’t, but we’re pretty sure that you’re not supposed to smoke at a gas station. Reader Chris didn’t think so either, and he sent us these pics of employees taking a smoke break at his local Citgo.

Please Handle Your Balls Carefully While Exercising

Please Handle Your Balls Carefully While Exercising

The CPSC has issued a hazard warning for Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo, and Body Fit fitness balls, due to instances of overinflation “causing the user to fall to the floor”.

Arizona May Legalize Fireworks, Putting Fools Throughout The State In Grave Danger

Arizona May Legalize Fireworks, Putting Fools Throughout The State In Grave Danger

Consumer-grade fireworks are currently illegal in Arizona, but the sate government is considering passing a bill that would give the fire marshal the power to regulate the sale of them. This has caused an outcry from anti-fireworks types who say that even the less powerful consumer-grade products are too dangerous. Unfortunately, one of the most publicized opponents is a guy who was severely burned in 2004 because he was launching mortar-style fireworks from his moving car, and one blew back in through the window and set his stash on fire.

Apple Agrees To Replace Exploding First-Gen iPods After Japan Demands Action

Apple Agrees To Replace Exploding First-Gen iPods After Japan Demands Action

In what should have been a no-brainer, Apple today agreed to replace any iPod Nanos that unexpectedly explode. The announcement came as a response to the Japanese government, which yesterday asked the computer-maker to “take some measures” to warn consumers of the potential danger of their little pocket rockets. Apple blames a single bad battery supplier for the spontaneous fireworks.

New Jersey Man Blows Up Apartment While Spraying For Bugs

New Jersey Man Blows Up Apartment While Spraying For Bugs

Don’t call Isias Vidal Maceda for advice if you see a creepy critter crawling across your apartment. While spraying for bugs, the New Jersey resident blew out his kitchen windows and started a fire that destroyed 80% of his apartment. Sound outlandish? According to TV, it’s entirely plausible…

Fourth AT&T Cable Box Explodes, Darn You, Lithium-Ion Batteries!

Fourth AT&T Cable Box Explodes, Darn You, Lithium-Ion Batteries!

Another of AT&T’s big metal cable boxes placed on people’s lawns has exploded. The system’s lithium-metal-polymer batteries are the culprit, prompting AT&T to replace 17,000 of them. Four of the U-Verse cabinets have exploded since the program began.

Explodeproof Battery Production Spikes

Explodeproof Battery Production Spikes

Matsushita announced plans to mass-produce a laptop battery that won’t explode.

Paypal Bombed

Paypal Bombed

Last night, an explosion rocked Paypal’s network operations center, blasting windows and leaving a haze in its wake.

No, Dell Ain’t Charging For Replacement Batteries

No, Dell Ain’t Charging For Replacement Batteries

Contrary to the vituperations of Lowell G, Dell is not charging people for swapping out their exploding batteries.

Dell Charging Users For Recalled Exploding Laptop Batteries?

Dell Charging Users For Recalled Exploding Laptop Batteries?

UPDATE: No, they’re not.

Dell Has Something Important to Tell The Consumerist About Blazing Batteries

Dell Has Something Important to Tell The Consumerist About Blazing Batteries

Seems our lil ol blog has finally raised the ire of Dell. A day that will go down in history. John Q. Pope, acting as media relator for Dell, wants to correct a post of ours, “Dell Battery Recall May Not End Explosions.”

Dell Battery Recall May Not End Explosions

Dell Battery Recall May Not End Explosions

Even if you sent your Dell battery back before it could explode and tear off half your face, you still may not be in the clear. Some computer engineers are pointing out that computer architecture might have just as much to do with the exploding Dell laptop.

Customers Enjoy Added Functionality of FlameThrower Dells, Survey Says

Customers Enjoy Added Functionality of FlameThrower Dells, Survey Says

This gem is from the Orange County Register, Marketplace section, page 3, Wednesday August 16th. Article 1. Article 2.

Exploding Laptops Worry Air Regulators

Exploding Laptops Worry Air Regulators

Earlier this morning, we facetiously wrote about the recall of exploding laptop batteries: “It is perhaps not coincidental that this comes at a time when laptops are being increasingly viewed as potential terrorist weapons by the FAA. Dell — the Islamic fascist’s suicide bomb of choice!”